While I’m not particularly impressed with the the Zombies are coming starting zone and I have no desire to play Templar unless my Templar-loving friend gets a subscription, I’ve still been having fun in the TSW betas.
The setting and atmosphere is enjoyably creepy in Kingsmouth, what I can only hope is a very small corner of the TSW world. I’m appreciating a lot of the little things. A creepy preacher with a pedostache and a view on religion and his town’s apocalypse that you wouldn’t quite expect. A bridge whose memorial sign reads May the unquiet dead of the ‘Hangman’s Span’ accept the lot passed to them in this life and proceed to the next without sin. which is peacefully clear of anything but it’s wooden boards when walking through it alive, but in the anima world - the ‘run back to your body as a ghost’ world - the bridge is littered with bodies of people who have hung themselves. The nice array of classic paintings in the Templar base. The way a few quests have made me investigate or figure out a riddle in order to complete them.
Mostly, though, I’ve been enjoying character building, and that’s always been my favorite part of MMOs. This past weekend I played with a fist weapon/chaos magic deck. I haven’t even looked at some of the trees and their abilities yet, and the higher tiers are locked for the betas, but this combination was pretty fun. I think I’m going to like the chaos tree quite a bit, although if I were to make a fist weapon character in live play I think I would rather pair it with blood magic.
There was a bit of micro-managing in my deck, but it was enjoyable. Lots of reactive and passive abilities that worked together, paired with AoE abilities that set them off. Unfortunately, I had only Friday to play with it, so I didn’t get as far into the chaos abilities as I would’ve liked to.
But there’s next weekend! Which will hopefully allow me to play my faction of choice, the Dragons. /crosses fingers